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Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (b. 1938) is recognised in India and abroad as the most accomplished exponent of Santoor. His ingenious, imaginative and innovative zest has transformed Santoor, the little-known Kashmiri folk instrument, into a full-fledged solo concert instrument in Indian classical music. Along with Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, he composed the music for the Hindi films Silsila and Chandni, scores of which are still very popular. Shiv Kumar Sharma had also been a vocalist and a tabla player in his early years. He has been honoured with Padma Shri and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987) for his unique contributions to Indian classical music. He has the honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore and has given special performances before the House of Lords in Britain and in front of the Queen of Holland.